Derek Abbott was born in South Kensington, London, U.K., in 1960. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in physics from Loughborough University, U.K., in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from The University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1997, under K. Eshraghian and B. R. Davis. From 1978 to 1986, he was a Research Engineer with the GEC Hirst Research Centre, London. From 1986 to 1987, he was a VLSI Design Engineer with Austek Microsystems, Australia. Since 1987, he has been with The University of Adelaide, where he is currently a Full Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has authored over 800 publications and has been an invited speaker at over 100 institutions. He has co-edited the book entitled Quantum Aspects of Life (Imperial College Press) and co-authored the books entitled Stochastic Resonance (Cambridge University Press) and Terahertz Imaging for Biomedical Applications (Springer-Verlag). His interests are in the area of multidisciplinary physics and electronic engineering applied to complex systems. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP). He has received a number of awards, including the South Australian Tall Poppy Award for Science in 2004, the Premier's SA Great Award in Science and Technology for outstanding contributions to South Australia in 2004, and the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2012. He has served as an Editor and/or a Guest Editor of a number of journals, including the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, the Journal of Optics B (IOP), the Microelectronics Journal (Elsevier), Chaos (AIP), Smart Structures and Materials (IOP), Fluctuation Noise Letters (World Scientific), PLOSONE, the Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Photonics Journal. He is on the Editorial Boards of Scientific Reports (Nature), the IEEE Access, and Royal Society Open Science (RSOS).